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Thrift Store Decorating


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Budget Tip of the Day:         Tiered Cupcake Stand

Thrift store decorating keeps getting better and more fun for me each day.  This tiered cupcake stand was a snap to put together and only required a couple items.  You’ll need a candlestick, two melamine plates, and a decorative knob.  There are always lots of old candlesticks at thrift stores.  The trick is to find one that will work for this particular project.  You need to be able to unscrew and disassemble the candlestick in 2 places.  If you’re not sure, just test it out while you’re in the thrift store.  If it unscrews then you’re probably good to go.  You can also find these plastic melamine plates at thrift stores.  I found both of these there, but they are also pretty cheap to buy at any home store.  Target has some really cute plates with fun designs.  The best part about this is that you can take it apart when you don’t need it.  You can mix and match the plates to change up the look whenever you like.  Just use the one candlestick and you’re good to go.

Here is the complete play by play:

I started with 2 plates, one candlestick, and one decorative glass knob.

I found a few different candlesticks at the thrift store that worked for this.  They all unscrew in different places, which will give me few different looks to show you.  I spray painted them all white.  I’m not such a fan of the gold, brassy look.

Next you need to drill a hole through the center of each plate.  I used a regular drill bit to do this.  I started with a smaller hole, and then gradually made it bigger by switching to a bigger drill bit each time.  I did it this way so the plate wouldn’t break.  Make sure you drill through from the top of the plate.  I started in the back on my first one and it cracked.  You might need to pick up an extra plate in case the drilling doesn’t go well.  You can use the cracked plate to practice on before you start with a new one.

Once your hole is drilled, take apart the candlestick.

Then simply put it back together, adding the plates as you go.

I used a pretty glass knob to cover the opening where the candle is supposed to go.  I just placed it right in there to cover the hole (no drilling of screwing required here).  And that’s it!

Here is another look using a different candlestick.  This one only unscrewed in one spot, so I turned it into a single pedestal.

Wouldn’t you love to have a party and put all your cupcakes and treats on these plates?!  How lovely.

If you’re not into cupcakes, you could use this as a place to keep your jewelry.

So pretty!

Wouldn’t this make a great gift as well?

The grand total for this tiered stand was $2.00!!  I already had the knob and the paint so I didn’t count that.  Each plate was 75 cents and the candlestick was 50 cents.  It’s so much cheaper (and cuter) than anything like this that you could buy.  This really makes me want to throw a party just so I can serve all the food on these cute stands.

Come back tomorrow for a new thrift store decorating idea.

I’m linking this one up to Get You Craft On , House of Grace, Someday Crafts, Blue Cricket Design, Trendy Treehouse, Fireflies & Jellybeans, House of Hepworths, & Tidy Mom.


  1. Rachel says:

    LOVING these thrift store ideas! Your cake stand is darling. I love that you were able to find such a great color at the thrift store. Excited to see what tomorrow brings!

  2. This is SO cute, Heidi! I love the teal and white together — it turned out just perfect! :)

  3. Melissa says:

    That is awesome! Thanks for sharing!
    I found you at Someday Crafts Whatever Goes Wednesday!

  4. What a great idea and I bet the plastic plates would work, too. Thanks for the heads up on the candlesticks. I have passed up so many because I didn’t like the ugly gold color.

  5. Sew Woodsy says:

    This is fabulous. I love going to the thrift store and finding inexpensive items that you can transform to make your own! Great job & great blog!

  6. Love, love , love it!!!! The colors are great…

  7. Kara says:

    OMGoodness!!! So Gorgeous! Thank you so much for the inspiration! I want to make one right now!

    Hopped over from the Trendy Treehouse :)


  8. M.O.T.B says:

    This is awesome!!!!!!!!! I have a plate stand I put jewelry on until it started to overflow. But yours is gorgeous!

  9. What a great idea, especially for hosting a baby or bridal shower! You could find plates to coordinate with the theme or colors of the shower and then use them to display goodies! I think I might steal this idea for my sisters upcoming shower! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Lexi says:

    Beautiful! and so creative!!!!